Elise Thatcher

Elise Thatcher

Elected officials approved oil and gas drilling in Battlement Mesa on Thursday. Garfield County Commissioners unanimously ok’ed certain permits, though with nearly thirty conditions.

Mountain Edition - December 17th, 2015

Dec 17, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

There could be a lawsuit over plans for Aspen’s Old Power House.

Residents in Pitkin County could soon get a doctor’s visit at home.

Hundreds attend BLM events about the Thompson Divide.

Colorado Trout Unlimited

The Bureau of Land Management is deciding what to do with dozens of oil and gas leases, including some on the Thompson Divide. The agency finished a series of public meetings this week to find out what residents want.

Elise Thatcher

  Garfield County Commissioners are considering whether to allow a permits for a drilling proposal in Battlement Mesa. Commissioners have gotten hours of public testimony this week, and are taking another look on Thursday.

www.cancelon.com

  Aspen is bustling much more than in mid December last year. But that’s not true for Snowmass Village. Occupancy rates in Aspen on Tuesday were at or near 46%, compared to 23% the same day last year.

Elise Thatcher

  After years of planning, work begins next month on the the new Grand Avenue Bridge project. The first few months will be more low-key and need fewer workers, doing things like prepping areas underneath and near the ends of the bridge, as well as pouring the foundations for its pillars.

The Fields Development Group

  There’s several development proposals for the El Jebel area, and a citizen board is getting ready to consider a residential subdivision. A group of developers wants to build up to 110 homes and duplexes on Eagle County land.

Elise Thatcher

  Schools across Colorado are getting results from a new statewide test designed to look at how well students read, write, and solve math problems. We have a quick look results for the Roaring Fork School District.

commons.wikimedia.org

  Carbondale recently welcomed a high ranking Buddhist leader, for a retreat on how people think about the world and how to change that. Boston-based Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi Rinpoche works with MIT as leader of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values.

Elise Thatcher

The vast majority of recyclable materials from the Roaring Fork Valley are being shipped across the Pacific Ocean.

Elise Thatcher

  Four males are suspected of carrying out-- or helping with-- Monday’s armed robbery at a Carbondale marijuana dispensary.  On Tuesday, a judge doubled bond for two of men to $200,000 each. One is recently from Brooklyn, New York, and the other from Palm Springs, California.

Carbondale Police Department

Three men and a juvenile are facing multiple felony charges after holding up a Carbondale marijuana store yesterday. The charges are felonies for aggravated robbery of a controlled substance and complacency to commit aggravated robbery of a controlled substance. There’s also a class one misdemeanor of false imprisonment.

    

  As Garfield County Commissioners take up a Battlement Mesa drilling proposal, there’s a glitch in the area’s history of oil and gas agreements. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher takes a look at why an important one went missing for nearly a decade.

Mountain Edition - December 3rd, 2015

Dec 3, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

The Director of Aspen’s Development Office is leaving to start a private firm.

RFTA and its bus drivers are negotiating wages.

We say goodbye to a major figure in Aspen’s art community.

Town of Basalt

  Basalt officials are looking at what kind of park to have on the Pan and Fork property, and how much it could cost. The developer interested in building on the parcel supports the approach, but says he needs a key detail ironed out.

CDOT

  CDOT hopes to get a bigger turnout for its next meeting with movers and shakers in Glenwood Springs. It’s part of preparations for Grand Avenue Bridge construction in January, and the idea is for CDOT managers to stay in close contact with business owners, civic groups and other leaders.

Elise Thatcher

Trapping cats has been going on for years in Garfield County, and the methods include canned fish and humane cages. Those efforts will continue in Carbondale under the town’s new cat ordinance, and participants say their trapping won’t be used against so-called nuisance cats.

Glenwood Springs Fire Department

The Glenwood Springs Fire Department had a surprising holiday last Thursday. On Thanksgiving Day, a small winter wildfire broke out near Walmart, which is extremely unusual for the area.

Elise Thatcher

As Battlement Mesa residents prepare for more review of a possible drilling proposal within their unincorporated town, some are worried they’re stuck in a situation they didn’t know to avoid-- and don’t know a way out of.

Town of Basalt

  Like other towns and counties up and down the Roaring Fork Valley, the town of Basalt is hammering out its budget for next year. But first it’s also trying to shore up its 2015 funds. This year’s budget was supposed to be about $7 million. Now Town Council is considering adding more than $2.2 million more dollars to pay for unanticipated expenses.

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